BUFFALO - Shamoy McIntosh picked an opportune time for the first buzzer-beat of his life. The Floral Park guard sank a winning three off a pass from Amityville's Darien Croft as the Long Island scholastic men's basketball team defeated New York City, 71-68, in overtime Friday at Canisius College at the Empire State Games.
Croft, who had 17 points and two key three-point plays in the second half as L.I. erased a 10-point deficit, missed a trey with about six seconds left, but chased down the rebound and dribbled toward the top of the key. He had an open look, but kicked it to McIntosh (22 points) on the wing. "Darien ran it down and passed me the ball. I knew I had to shoot," McIntosh said. "When it went down it was a great feeling. It's my first [game-winner] and it happened here at the Empire State Games. It's very nice."
The two rival regions for lacrosse supremacy in the state had already clinched a berth in the gold-medal game against each other beforehand, but there was still plenty of intensity and drama in Friday night's men's scholastic lacrosse matchup between L.I. and Central.
L.I. erased a 5-0 early third-quarter deficit with a comeback capped by James Pannell's goal with 3:10 left that tied it at 7 and forced overtime. But Central won the OT faceoff, held the ball for nearly two minutes and scored the winner 2:06 into the period on Tom Grimm's move from behind the net. The 8-7 victory at Canisius College left Central at 4-0. L.I. is 3-1. The teams will meet for the gold medal at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with L.I. seeking a fifth straight title.
Pannell, from Smithtown West, had two goals and an assist. Mike Andreassi of Sachem North also scored two goals.
Baseball will play for title
Dylan Caruso of Sachem East pitched a two-hitter as L.I.'s scholastic team beat NYC, 4-1, for a doubleheader sweep. L.I. also beat Western, 5-4, earlier in the day. The two victories earned L.I. (4-0) a spot in Saturday night's gold-medal game.
Gold rush for bowlers
Long Island's bowlers won both the open and masters gold medals, a competition that features three men and three women on each team. In the open, Robert Wunsch of East Meadow was L.I.'s top scorer with an 868 four-game series. Eryn Cully of Medford rolled a 795 to lead the women. In the masters, Bruce Dargie of Bethpage topped the L.I. men with a three-game 667 series. Susan George of Middle Island led the women with a 570 . . . Six L.I. wrestlers took home medals in the Greco-Roman scholastic division. Gold medalists were Long Beach's Dylan Palacio (154 pounds) and Massapequa's Chris Sarro (143). Sarro's opponent, Steven Rispoli (East Meadow), won the silver. Massapequa's Justin Paradiso (132) won a silver, and Clarke's Michael Leonard (132) and Floyd's Richard Paquette (165) won bronze . . . In open men's wrestling, Brandon Escobar won gold at 119.